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Further Afield - Fulfillment all about outlook
luke cameron

There is a saying that is really nice. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” Basically it means that contentment is a choice. People can choose to be satisfied.

This saying has some merit. There are gazillionaires who are content with what they have. There are gazillionaires who are unsatisfied. There are poor people who are content. There are poor people who are not content. This tells me people’s level of satisfaction is often determined more by their outlook than by their possessions.

There are hindrances to contentment though. Comparison. Keeping up with the Joneses. “Will-be-itis” — I will be happy when this happens, when that happens, when I get this, when I get that. Jealousy.

Nine times out of 10, comparing yourself to other people is a bad idea. Good seldom comes of it. It is better to look at what you yourself can do well and build on that and highlight that.

For example, here at the Standard if I spent too much time and brainpower comparing myself to my esteemed colleagues, it would cause me to crawl up in a fetal position and cry and be fearful and feel inadequate and not be able to do much of anything.

Rather, I try to be happy for all the talented folks here at the Standard.

James Clark and Lisa Hobbs can write good stories on command. They can crank out 20 good stories apiece before noon. Most days I do not even make it in to the office before noon. Heck, most days I am not even out of bed before noon. Rather than being resentful, I am in appreciative awe of their talents.

Taylor Moore has a Joe Dirt-level mullet. I will never have hair that approaches the quality of his. Instead of stewing over that fact and bemoaning my fate, I have the attitude of, “Respect, dude. Respect. You’re getting it done with that thing.”

Brad Durham has been in as many places and met as many people as Forest Gump. Do I grouse and say, “Gee, I will never meet all the cool people he has met or do all of the cool things he has done”? No. Instead I say, “You know what, props, dude. You were out there making things happen and making your own luck. I am happy for you.”

Nikki Childers once in a blue moon pops down to the first floor like an angel from heaven. She is nice and sweet and witty and kind and even-keeled. I will never be as good a person as she is. Do I cry over it? No. I tell her that I think she is cool and I go on about my life and try, unsuccessfully, to be a good person like her.

Bottom line, folks: Dig yourself. Lean in to who you are. Do you. Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Be grateful for your luck and your blessings. The end.

Luke Cameron is a Southern Standard contributor who can be reached at 473-2191.